BCSD Portugal

Chair
João Castelo Branco, CEO, The Navigator Company

Managing Director
João Wengorovius Meneses

Background information
Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Portugal is a non-profit association that aggregates and represents more than 90 leading companies in Portugal, which are actively committed to the transition to sustainability.

We help the associated companies in the journey towards sustainability, promoting positive impact for stakeholders, society and the environment.
We have a wide representation of the sector and companies of different sizes, from the PSI20 to the smaller ones.

The sales volume of the members represents 38% of the national GDP, 65 million euros in turnover and this group of companies employs more than 270 thousand employees.

Vision
To be the reference entity at the level of corporate sustainability in Portugal, for the public and private sectors, with the goal to achieving the Sustainable Development Objectives, the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

Mission
BCSD Portugal encourages and supports its members in their journey towards sustainability, inspiring and helping them build competitive, innovative and sustainable organizations and business models – at the Environmental, Social and Economic / Governance levels. At the same time, it contributes to the development of public policies and to the awareness of Portuguese society, with a view to the sustainable development of Portugal.

Activities

Training

  • Journey Towards Sustainability is an experience of the path to sustainability, in which companies, associated or not associated, of any size and sector of activity, can participate. It is a training service consisting of three main stages - beginners, achievers and beacons - from which companies can benefit from any stage, depending on the company's sustainability stage of maturity.
  • BCSD on Tour is taking the Discover Sustainability experience through Portugal, opening space for new audiences to hear about the journey to sustainable development and engage with BCSD Portugal. Discover Sustainability is a two-hour experience to discover why it’s vital to embrace sustainability, its opportunities and how to do it.

Working Groups

BCSD Portugal member companies form multisectoral working groups whose mission is to create mechanisms and tools to respond to business challenges.

The topics that are being monitored are:

  • Decarbonization
  • Biodiversity
  • Value Chain
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Sustainable Cities

European Projects

  • ESI Europe (Driving Investment in Energy Efficiency through Energy Saving Insurance in Europe)
    Is a three-year project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The objective is to reduce the risk for SMEs to invest in energy efficiency by developing a model with financial and non-financial elements designed to work together to create trust and credibility among key actors in energy efficiency projects. The four main elements are: financing, standardized contract, energy savings insurance and technical validation of the project by a third independent party. BCSD Portugal is responsible to develop the ESI project in Portugal.
  • LIFE Volunteer Escapes (Volunteer with the European Solidarity Corps for Activities in Portugal with Ecological Sense)
    Is supported by the Program for Environment and Climate Action (LIFE). This project started on January 1st, 2018 and will last for three years. LIFE Volunteer Escapes is a pioneering project in Portugal that aims to support the use of European Solidarity Corps for nature conservation.  BCSD Portugal specific aim is to promote awareness-raising sessions about the importance of protecting and conserving Natural Capital for enterprises, among different target audiences, specifically companies and their stakeholders.
  • SINCERE
    Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem sERvices in Europe (SINCERE) is a four-year project funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. Until 2022, SINCERE will develop novel policies and new business models by connecting knowledge and expertise from practice, science and policy, across Europe and beyond. The project’s innovation actions are located in nine regions in Europe and two international cases in Peru and Russia. BCSD Portugal integrates the project communication team with the European Forest Institute and the IUCN European Regional Office and will ensure involvement with the business community.

Advocacy

  • General Sustainability topics, relevant for business
  • Carbon Neutrality
  • Bioeconomy

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